HAMAS Press Release on 31st anniversary of First Intifada

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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On the Palestinian people’s uprising in face of the Israeli occupation

After 20 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip the First Intifada (uprising) broke out amid Israeli attempts to brainwash and whitewash the Palestinian people. Indeed, the First Intifada erupted to prove that the Palestinian people are entrenched in their homeland and determined to preserve their national identity, as they refused to give in to the Israeli distortion of their national consciousness and attempts to sever their ties to their homeland.

On this day in 1987, the Palestinian people revolted all over the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip to place their cause back on the world’s agenda after twenty years of isolation attempts. In other words, some parties had tried to deprioritize the Palestinian cause by isolating the Palestinians from the Arab and Islamic nations and by crushing their will in order to yield to the Israeli Occupation and its colonial policies.

The First Intifada was a milestone for the Palestinian resistance as it practically enhanced the national unity and boosted coordination among the Palestinians at all levels. Therefore, the First Intifada was a unifying, popular uprising characterised by a rock-solid social fabric and strong social ties among the Palestinian people, who fought off the Israeli policy of collective punishment.

Thirty-one years after the eruption of the First Intifada the Palestinian people need to stand together and reunite on the basis of true partnership, and restructure the national project on the basis of strict principles, especially following the latest US efforts to criminalise the Palestinian resistance by submitting a draft resolution at UNGA condemning the Palestinian people’s freedom struggle against the occupation.

Amid the dangers and schemes targeting the Palestinian cause, above all the ‘Deal of the Century,’ the Palestinian people have to take a firm and united stance against the occupation, just as the one adopted to foil the US-proposed resolution denouncing the Palestinian resistance. Any bid to distort history, recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli Occupation’s capital, and liquidate the Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homeland is doomed to failure.

The Palestinian people have continued their freedom struggle against the occupation through their participation in the Great March of Return using all peaceful means of resistance.

In light of these heroic stances and sacrifices, the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas states the following:

First: Hamas hails the Palestinian people for standing steadfast in the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, and the 1948 occupied territories in the face of the Israeli schemes. We praise the Palestinians for upholding their rights and embracing the option of resistance until their demands are met.

Second: Hamas thanks the Palestinian diplomats for their efforts to foil the US draft resolution condemning the Palestinian resistance and lauds all the UN member states who voted against this resolution and stood with the just cause of the Palestinians.

On the other hand, Hamas calls on all states who sided with the US administration and Israeli Occupation at the UN to reconsider their stance and rectify the historic and dangerous mistake they made.

Third: Hamas reiterates its full support for the Great March of Return and pledges to stand with the Palestinian people in their popular and peaceful protests.

Fourth: Resisting the occupation by all means possible, including armed struggle, is a legitimate right guaranteed by all international conventions and laws. Resistance is a strategic choice to preserve the Palestinian cause and restore the Palestinian national rights. Moreover, the US ‘bullying policy’ cannot deny the Palestinians these internationally-guaranteed rights.

Fifth: The circumstances that led to the outbreak of the First Intifada are ongoing and the Israeli Occupation continues to pursue a ‘bullying policy’ with a blatant US cover-up. Thus, the Palestinian people are still prepared to defend their rights and counter the dangers posed to their cause.

Sixth: We reject the ‘Deal of the Century,’ along with all proposed solutions aiming at liquidating the Palestinian cause, waiving the Palestinian national constants, or de-legitimising Palestinian rights at the UN.

Seventh: Hamas calls on the PA President Mahmoud Abbas to end the punitive measures imposed on Gaza, which has been under a tight Israeli siege for more than 12 years.

Eight: Achieving national unity and restructuring the national project is on top of Hamas’ agenda. Resisting the occupation and fighting off its colonial policies will not be possible unless a complete partnership between all Palestinian factions is formed at the political, military, and diplomatic levels.

Ninth: All attempts to normalise ties with the Israeli Occupation are doomed to failure. Treating the Israeli Occupation like a normal state is a stab in the back of the Palestinian people and a sin that the Palestinians, along with the Arab and Islamic nations, will never forgive.

Hamas Movement

Saturday, December 8, 2018